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His music thrilled the generation it was written for, and has entertained and inspired every generation since. HERO: DAVID BOWIE is an exploration of the man behind the myths and the makeup told from the very beginning.Respected music journalist and biographer Lesley-Ann Jones knew David Jones from the days before fame, when he was a young musician starting out, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break and determined to succeed at whatever cost. Here she traces the epic journey of the boy from Bromley born into a troubled background to his place as one of the greatest stars in rock history.Jones has interviewed numerous friends and associates of Bowie, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before. Drawing on this new material and meticulous research, the real story of Bowie's family background is told; the true inspiration behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust is revealed, and we learn how his marriage to Angie ended in agony following his comeback from a near fatal drug addiction. Jones also revisits Bowie's tragic relationship with his brother and his deep bond with T Rex frontman Marc Bolan. Bowie's rebellious nature, his many sources of inspiration and creativity, and his complex, intense personality are discussed here, creating a unique and compelling portrait of an extraordinary man. This is Bowie as you've never seen him before.(P)2016 Hodder & Stoghton

Autumn 2018

John Murray Press

John Murray Autumn 2018 catalogue

New appointments and acquisitions at John Murray Press

Hodder & Stoughton's new division John Murray Press has made key appointments in their sales and communications departments. Ben Gutcher, previously Digital Key Account Director at Hodder & Stoughton, has begun his new role as Sales Director for John Murray Press, overseeing sales across all five imprints within the new division: John Murray (Publishers), Hodder Faith, Consumer Learning, Two Roads and Saltyard Books. Hodder Publicity Director Rosie Gailer has been appointed Communications Director for the new division, and Lyndsey Ng has also moved across to the John Murray Press communications department as Publicity Manager. The moves come as part of the Hodder & Stoughton restructure, creating specialist sales, publicity and marketing teams for the divisions. It signals the start of an exciting second half of 2013 for John Murray Press, with highlight titles over the coming months including the much anticipated third volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's travel trilogy, THE BROKEN ROAD, Michael Rosen's ALPHABETICAL, the official story of the discovery of Richard III’s remains THE KING’S GRAVE, and SCHOTTENFREUDE, the new book by bestseller Ben Schott. John Murray Press have also recently lined up a roster of high-profile titles for 2014 and beyond: John Murray Press Managing Director Nick Davies has acquired a new book by Amanda Vickery – the acclaimed historian, prize winning author and broadcaster will turn her gaze on the 1950s in MODERN GIRLS, a social history focusing on the lives of women in a period of enormous change. Davies struck a deal for UK & Commonwealth Rights with Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates. Davies has also bought rights to the letters of Roald Dahl, compiled by Donald Sturrock, whose 2011 biography of Dahl was widely praised. Dahl was a prolific letter writer from the age of 9 and for the last thirty years of his life he spent two hours a day on correspondence. Full of his wit and his darker, more troubled side, LETTERS FROM DAHL will be published to coincide with the Dahl centenary in 2016. Roland Philipps has struck a deal with Ed Victor for a new history of women in the twentieth century from acclaimed social historian Juliet Nicolson. Philipps has also secured World English language rights to a biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard by Artemis Cooper, author of 2012’s hugely acclaimed biography PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR. In a hotly fought auction, John Murray Publisher Georgina Laycock acquired WHAT IF? by ex-NASA scientist Randall Munroe, whose cult webcomic has had more than a billion page hits and featured in Wired magazine as one of their 20 key influences of the last 20 years, alongside Steve Jobs and online dating. WHAT IF (acquired from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein and coming out in October 2014) will answer all your questions about science. In another auction, Laycock has just snapped up THE DARLEY ARABIAN, a vivid history of racing through the stories of 25 exceptional horses, from the Independent's award-winning racing correspondent Chris McGrath. The agent is Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates and the book will come out in 2015. Meanwhile Publishing Director Eleanor Birne has also acquired two new titles: from Tracy Bohan at The Wylie Agency, a new book by Craig Taylor, NEW YORKERS, which will do the same for the US city as his much loved LONDONERS did for the UK capital and will be published in 2016; and from Barney Karpfinger at The Karpfinger Agency LILLIAN ON LIFE by Alison Lester, a brilliantly written, sassy debut novel that will appeal to readers of The Best Of Everything and fans of Mad Men. LILLIAN ON LIFE will be published in July 2014. Nick Davies says: ‘I am delighted to welcome Ben, Rosie and Lyndsey to the John Murray Press team. Their expertise is considerable and their passion for books infectious. They're already having a considerable impact on our strong autumn list and are helping to build an exciting new generation of writers here at John Murray.’ For further information or for more details on titles mentioned above, please contact Rosie Gailer: 020 7873 6452 or

Alphabetical competition

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Terms & Conditions: 1 This is a competition to win a ticket to the launch event for Alphabetical by Michael Rosen, at Foyles Charing Cross, 6th November, where the winner’s artwork will be displayed. To enter, please tweet @JohnMurrays a picture of your designed, photographed, drawn alphabet letter and what it means to you, using hashtag #alphabetical. 2. The Winner will be selected from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions based on the following criteria: an alphabet letter (designed, drawn, photographed, etc) is entered by the means described above. The Winner shall be selected by Michael Rosen, whose decision will be final. 3. The Winner may see their entry posted on the John Murray website and possibly other websites and Twitter accounts. 4. There is no purchase necessary to enter. 5. The competition opens at midnight on 1st October and closes at 11:59 pm 25th October. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition. 6. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over in United Kingdom except employees of John Murray, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families. If the winner is under 18 years of age, the Winner will be asked to have his or her guardian complete waivers, consent forms and/or other documentation as prerequisite for being awarded the prize. 7. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk. a. By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) the submission contains the entrant’s own original work; (ii) nothing in the submission is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another’s right; (iii) any music used is original to the entrant or there is written permission from the original creator. We reserve the right to ask for the permission before any prize is distributed. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in the competition and from winning any prize. b. By entering the competition, you hereby grant to John Murray an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty free, worldwide and for all languages, license to copy, adapt, edit, distribute, publish, sublicense, and in any and all other ways use Your Entry for any purpose, in any manner and in all medium now known or hereinafter devised. Furthermore, you waive all moral rights whatsoever in your entry. For the avoidance of doubt, John Murray is under no obligation to make any use of Your Entry and Company shall make no payment to you for any use of Your Entry. c. We reserve the right to use all the submissions received on our website, our Facebook pages and on our other social networking sites. We will try to include the name of the entrant but this may not always be possible. 8. Travel to and from the event at the Foyles bookstore in Charing Cross and/or accommodation is NOT included in the competition prize. 9. John Murray is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed. 10. John Murray reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competition without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided. 11. The Winner will be published across John Murray social media and Michael Rosen’s website: 12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about our books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news from us. 13. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. 14. This competition is being organised by John Murray. 15. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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John Murray Creative Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction

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John Murray Creative Writing Workshop: Historical Fiction

Georgina Laycock Acquires First Books for John Murray

At John Murray, Publisher Georgina Laycock has bought two fantastic non-fiction books.


Motherland Announcement

John Murray, an imprint of John Murray Press, is delighted to announce the acquisition of WHAT IF, a book of hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask by Randall Munroe, the creator of the wildly popular

John Murray Acquires WHAT IF From Creator of Internet Phenomenon

John Murray, an imprint of John Murray Press, is delighted to announce the acquisition of WHAT IF, a book of hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask by Randall Munroe, the creator of the wildly popular



Business Adventures Acquisition Announcement

John Murray Learning Launches Just Write

John Murray Learning Launches New Creative Writing Community

John Murray Learning (an imprint of John Murray Press) has launched a creative writing community: Just Write.

John Murray Press will publish the book of the BBC Radio 4 series Tweet of the Day, which highlights the songs and calls of Britain’s birds.

John Murray Press buys Tweet of the Day

John Murray Press buys Tweet of the Day

John Murray Press Learning, an imprint of John Murray Press, have acquired YouTube sensation Chinese with Mike, a brand new video-based approach to learning Mandarin led by Mike Hainzinger aka Mike Lǎoshī (Teacher Mike).

John Murray Press Learning Acquires YouTube Sensation Chinese With Mike

John Murray Press Learning, an imprint of John Murray Press, have acquired YouTube sensation Chinese with Mike, a brand new video-based approach to learning Mandarin led by Mike Hainzinger aka Mike Lǎoshī (Teacher Mike).

The King's Grave by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones

John Murray (Publishers) acquire The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones

John Murray (Publishers) are delighted to announce the acquisition of The King's Grave by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones

John Murray, an imprint of John Murray Press, will publish the fully authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard in September 2016, written by Artemis Cooper.

John Murray to Publish Artemis Cooper's Autrhorized Biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard

John Murray, an imprint of John Murray Press, will publish the fully authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard in September 2016, written by Artemis Cooper.


Roland Philipps acquired the Commonwealth Rights working in conjunction with John Brodie of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, who acquired World rights. Carlson’s widely-read, much discussed profile of Marissa Mayer was published to an overwhelming response from the media and readers, with over one million page views. Carlson is now crafting an inside account of her transformation of Yahoo: just as Michael Lewis’s bestselling THE NEW, NEW THING captured what Silicon Valley was really like Web 1.0, Carlson’s book will depict what it takes for an established tech company to stay relevant and what it takes for someone like Mayer to reach the brass ring in today’s incredibly competitive business and tech community. Looking at Meyer’s rise to power, Carlson’s book will examine how to get ahead in an environment where the brightest and best become overnight billionaires. In addition to Yahoo’s 38-year-old CEO, hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, Tumblr co-founder David Karp and Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma will also appear in the book. Of the acquisition, Roland Philipps said, “Marissa Mayer is a fascinating figure – very early into Google, and designer of their homepage, then a surprise announcement to take over at Yahoo, where she has in her first year already started to turn the company back into the giant it once was. Nicholas Carlson is a fine researcher and writer and we will have here a biography that provides a fascinating insight into the whole world of tech companies.” Said Carlson, “I’ve wanted to write a book for a long time. But I only wanted to write a book that would allow me to tell a thrilling story. Also, it had to cover people, companies, and themes that lots of people care about. Obviously, a book about the dramatic events at Yahoo over the past two years meets those requirements exactly.” Acquisition of Carlson’s book adds to John Murray’s growing list of titles based around international business, and global issues and current affairs, following the success of bestseller THE NEW DIGITAL AGE by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen and BIG DATA by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, currently shortlisted for the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. For further information please contact Rosie Gailer: 020 7873 6452 or

John Murray Publishers, an imprint of John Murray Press, will publish the book to accompany a major new BBC Radio 4 series Plants: From Roots to Riches.

PLANTS: FROM ROOTS TO RICHES – John Murray to publish book to accompany landmark 25-part BBC Radio 4 series with the Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew

Plant: From Roots to Riches Press Release

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